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Girl Flu. (2016)

Bird, 12, has to become a woman whether she wants to or not when - in the worst week of her life - she gets her first period, is ditched by her impulsive, free spirited mom, and learns that you can never really go back to The Valley.

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Credited cast:
Katee Sackhoff ... Jenny
Jade Pettyjohn ... Bird
Jeremy Sisto ... Arlo
Heather Matarazzo ... Lilli
Judy Reyes ... Celeste
Diego Josef ... Carlos
Isabella Acres ... Rachel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashley Virginia Aparicio Ashley Virginia Aparicio ... Couple on Stairs (as Ashley V. Aparacio)
Jovan Armand ... Dominic
Golden Bachelder Golden Bachelder ... Boy
Joel Benoit Joel Benoit ... Fireman #2
Jonah Beres ... Ben
Susannah Blinkoff ... Mrs. Allen
Katherine Brown Katherine Brown ... Woman at Party
Marcus Brown ... Officer Gordon
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In this double coming-of-age comedy, Bird, 12 - wise beyond her years - finds herself having to take care of her fun-but-flighty stoner of a mom, Jenny. When Bird is humiliated by getting her first period at the school picnic, the delicate balance at home blows up as both mother and daughter struggle to discover what it really means to become a woman. Written by DB

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6 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Charming, funny, and incredibly necessary.
29 September 2017 | by lauraehrhardt97See all my reviews

This film is one of a kind. I didn't realize it before, but there is a severe lack of films that take on menstruation, especially in such an honest way. Typically, periods are used as a gag or a gimmick, if even mentioned at all. Surely this relates back to the lack of representation for women in filmmaking. Lucky for us, Dorie Barton tackles periods for what they are, an important part of every girl's life.

Girl Flu follows 12 year old Bird as she gets her first period (in front of her classmates, might I add). Embarrassed and understandably confused, she turns to her mom for help. Her mom, however, is the least responsible of the two, sort of a stoner, and has a knack for making everything about herself. As Bird tries to come to terms with this new chapter of her life, her mom (Jenny) is busy trying to piece her own life together. The dynamic between the two is perfectly portrayed.

This film is beautifully shot, written, and directed with an incredible cast led by Jade Pettyjohn who delivers a brilliant performance as Bird. Katee Sackhoff takes what would usually be an unlikeable character (Jenny) and turns her into a woman that we can all relate to (at least on some level). Jeremy Sisto is also amazing as Arlo, Jenny's boyfriend and voice of reason. I also want to mention the other young cast members, Diego Josef (Carlos) and Isabella Acres (Rachel), on their wonderful performances as Bird's love interest and Bird's sworn enemy.

To sum it up, Girl Flu is a refreshing coming-of-age film that's funny, real, and so damn lovable. Thank you Dorie Barton for taking every girl's story and turning it into a beautiful piece of art.


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